Meet our D.A.R.E. Officers!
Officer Brian Sterkel
Officer Sterkel is a 25-year veteran of the Santa Clara Police Department. He currently works in the School Services Unit, but has a diverse police background that includes motorcycle officer, field training officer, SWAT operator, Police Academy instructor, range master / firearms instructor and a member of the Street Crimes Unit.
Officer Sterkel is married with three children. In their spare time, they enjoy camping, snow skiing and motocross.
Officer Sterkel is the only recipient of the Department's Medal of Valor.
Officer Matthew Wurdinger
Officer Wurdinger has been with the Santa Clara Police Department for six years. He is trained in Crisis Intervention and is a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team.
In 2011, Officer Wurdinger participated in the Police and Fire Olympics and won the gold medal in the boxing event. In 2013, Officer Wurdinger won the United Combat Association Light Heavyweight Boxing Championship for the state of California.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his two children, playing guitar and performing magic.
Officer Stephanie Knight
Officer Knight graduated from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Academy in May, 2006. Since joining the Santa Clara Police Department, she has worked in Patrol, is a member of the Crime Scene Investigation Team and has worked as a School Resource Officer. She started teaching DARE in August, 2014.
In her free time, Stephanie loves to travel especially internationally.
Officer Mike Garcia
Officer Garcia began his law enforcement career with the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections in 1997. He joined the Santa Clara Police Department in 2001. During his tenure, Officer Garcia has served on the Special Enforcement Team and as a member of SWAT.
In 2007, Officer Garcia received the City of Santa Clara "Life Saving" award for removing an infant and two adults from a burning apartment building.